With the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of Craft shows and exhibitions, the future has become uncertain for many Craftsmen.
To support them during these challenging times we are promoting a different Craftsman each day.
29th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – Today’s ‘Maker of the Day’ is – ceramic designer Peter Ting
After discovering his work in @craftsmagazine I couldn’t wait to see his to see his work at Collect in 2108. The porcelain cup and plate, made in collaboration with Chen Wei, has exquisite tiny Buddha’s hands, an innovation for this traditional material. Along with his porcelain roses, a collaboration with Zha Caiduan, his work is now part of a permanent collection at the V&A
You can see more of Peters work at his gallery www.ting-ying.com
28th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – Today’s ‘Maker of the Day’ is – glass artist Elliot Walker
Elliot is inspired by the subject of still life. Creating classical themes in a breathtakingly stunning displays of contemporary sculpted glass.
You can see more of Elliot’s work at www.ewalkerglassart.co.uk
Daan Oude Elferink
27th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is -Daan Oude Elferink
Dutch photographer Daan Oude Elferink travels the world to explore and capture the beauty of forbidden, decayed and abandoned places.
He takes you behind the no entry signs to Beautiful villas, still fully furnished. Hospitals with patient files scattered in the hallways. Theatres and ballrooms, now empty of laughter. Castles where the family photo album still sits on the bookshelf.
On first glance you may see a pile of mouldy debris, but look at it with different eyes and you’ll find a breathtaking beauty.
You can see more of Daan’s work at www.daanoe.com
26th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is -Ane Christensen
Today’s maker is Ane Christensen.
Ane’s work begins with the simple geometry of bowl forms and flat sheet. She often include metal wire, used like three-dimensional line drawing in space. Applying traditional techniques such as hand piercing, drilling and soldering.
You can see more of Ane’s work at www.anechristensen.com
22nd May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is -Lara Scobie
Today’s maker is Lara Scobie.
Lara’s work is made in her studio at The Adam Pottery in Edinburgh. Each piece is individually made in Fine Parian Clay and hand decorated using a combination of inlay and sgraffito drawing.
You can see more of Lara’s work at www.larascobie-ceramics.com
21st May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Jonathan Rogers
Jonathan uses traditional blowing and finishing techniques and his work features multiple overlays of colour and clear glass, which are revealed through the cold-working process. Jonathan creates glass with an elegant simplicity of form.
You can see more of Jonathan’s work at www.jonathanrogers.co.uk
20th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Marcin Rusak
Marcin Rusak is a craftsman that combines beautiful art with furniture to create stunning statement pieces.
Using flowers as a material, Marcin had to find a way to preserve them in the resin. Working together with a scientist, Marcin found a way to inject flowers with bacteria, in order to transform them into aged material.
You can see more of Marcin’s work at www.marcinrusak.com
19th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Dan Morrison from Blott Works
Dan Morrison combines artistry with engineering to create his intriguing sculptures. With beautiful form combining a mixture of industrial and natural materials, his creations are guaranteed to make you smile.
you can see more of Dan’s work at www.blottworks.com
18th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Rachel Nettles from Cabbages & Nettles
Rachel creates her sculptures by turning everyday vegetables into one-off pieces of art.
Classically-trained fine artist Rachel Nettles uses her specialist skills at machine and hand-stitched textile embroidery to create these amazing material sculptures of vegetables.
You can see more of Rachels work at www.cabbagesandnettles.com
Photography by Christopher Doyle Photography
15th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Silversmith – Alex O’Connor
Alex is an artist that creates a beautiful simplicity and purity in her designs. Alex gives her silver creations a delicacy and surface texture that makes you long to touch them.
You can see more of Alex’s work at www.alexoconnorsilver.co.uk
Photography by Paul Mounsey
Matt Gilbert – Animaro Designs
14th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert produces Kinetic Designs. The Solstice Clock below changes shape throughout the day and turns the passing of time into a work of art.
You can see more of Matt’s work at www.animarodesign.com
13th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Helen Slater
Helen creates these beautiful unique glass artworks. Inspired by the landscape and changing environments. Helen uses powdered glass to create the delicate illustrations inside her cast glass panels.
You can see more of Helen’s work at www.helenslaterglass.co.uk
12th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Simone Webb
Simone Webb is an artist that creates beautiful original artwork and limited edition prints. Simone adds painterly gestures to flora and fauna – that bloom and decay, suspended in space and time.
You can see more of Simone’s work at www.simonewebb.com
11th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Fenella Elms
Fenella uses porcelain slip to cast the elements of her design before building into beautiful textured artworks. She creates repetitive flowing forms in harmonious colours. Giving porcelain a deceptively soft tactile appearance that is intriguing.
You can see more Fenella’s work at www.fenellaelms.com
7th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Martin Smith
Well it’s Thursday – so what better maker to promote than the master of Automata – Martin Smith with his Applause machine. Martin’s clever clockwork inventions always make me smile.
You can see more Martin’s work at www.smithautomata.co.uk
6th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Glass Artist – Tim Rawlinson
I love the beautiful colours of Tim’s work and can never help but be drawn to them at exhibitions. The refractive qualities of glass in Tim’s pieces, create optical effects, shadows and reflections. Creating an architectural rainbow of light and colour.
You can see more Tims work at www.londonglassblowing.co.uk/artist/tim-rawlinson
Photography by Ester Segarra
Bad Dog Designs
5th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Paul Parry of Bad Dog Designs
A Nixie tube is a device created in the 1950’s to display numbers, before the invention of the LED. A wonderful warm neon glow that will last in excess of 20 years and has a vintage charm all of its own. Paul Parry uses these tubes to make unique and unusual clocks and art pieces.
You can see more Bad Dog Designs work at www.bad-dog-designs.co.uk
4th May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Louis Jobst
I love these lighting designs by Louis. The influence of his architectural background is reflected in his designs. His shapes are geometrical with precise angles and curves. He builds the Architecture of his lighting with arches, columns and monoliths.
You can see more of Louis’s work at www.louisjobst.com
2nd May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – ‘Maker of the Day’ is – Textile Artist – Anna Gravelle
Working within craft and digital processes, Anna creates luxurious textile artworks alongside interior furnishing fabrics and accessories that combine print and exquisite surface embellishment.
You can see more of Anna’s work at www.annagravelle.com
Photography by Article Studio
1st May 2020 – #careforthecrafters – maker of the Day is – Weaver – Angie Parker
Angie Parker is an award winning weaver of textiles. Her distinctive and intricate floor art and fabric creations are hand-woven using long established patterns, such as Krokbragd, which she combines with her instinctive and daring approach to colour.
You can see more of Angie’s work at www.angieparkertextiles.com .
30th April 2020 – #careforthecrafters – maker of the Day is – Textile Designer – Jacky Puzey
Jacky is an amazing textile artist creating upholstery that is breathtakingly beautiful. When I first came across her designs at Decorex I was totally awestruck. Combining velvets with embroidery, feathers and fabrics, she creates furniture that becomes a work of art.
You can see more of her work at www.jackypuzey.com
Photography by Jo Hounscombe
29th April 2020 – #careforthecrafters – maker of the Day is – Ceramic Artist – Vanessa Hogge
Vanessa creates these beautiful porcelain wall hangings and vessels. She painstakingly sculpts each petal and anther by hand so that no two flowers are identical.
See more of Vanessa’s work at www.vanessahogge.com
28th April 2020 – #careforthecrafters – maker of the Day is – Wood Designer – Sally Burnett
Sally creates exquisite lathe turned vessels which she carves and sculpts in timber from native english trees. Each piece is a unique work of art.
See more of Sally’s work at www.sallyburnett.co.uk
27th April 2020 – #careforthecrafters – maker of the Day is Ceramic Artist – Olivia Walker
Olivia hand throws her beautiful vessels in porcelain, before deconstructing their perfect form and applying shards of porcelain. Creating these wonderful organic sculptural forms.
See more of Olivia work at www.oliviawalker.co.uk